Friday, March 2nd, 2012
A recent Nextgov report described systems such as cloud archiving and cloud email as a "disruptive" technology when employed by IT departments. The word should not scare away CIOs, however, as the disruption in question is an acceleration and reinvention of processes long held back by outdated legacy hardware.
The source cited the cloud's ability to create a working environment for employees at home that is perfectly integrated with that at the office as an example of its power to change practices. The best uses for the systems, however, may still be on the horizon, with huge data loads held in more accessible forms than in on-site systems.
"Right now, everybody is talking about the cloud, and for a reason," corporate IT director Vlad Shalit told CIO Asia. "I would compare it to something basic, like TVs. Three years ago a plasma TV cost $2,000. Now it's dropped in price and it works three times better."
Shalit belongs to the Betty Mills Company, an office supply firm. He told the source that the company introduced the cloud to break free of a legacy system that would have required $100,000 to upgrade. The old data center was larger than the company usually needed, but was kept to cope with usage spikes. The scalability of the cloud model made that overreach unnecessary.
Tags: Big Data and Storage